Due to Pronger’s concussion and the fact that he most likely won’t ever play hockey again, the Flyers can put him on Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR) and his cap hit would not count against the Flyers’ salary cap. They did it last year which gave them flexibility. They are expected to do so again this year but not as early as many believe. Philadelphia Daily News beat writer Frank Seravalli writes today that the Flyers are better off leaving Pronger on normal injury reserve and let his cap hit count against their cap for the time being.
“Since the Flyers will not be near the $70.2 million upper-limit for this season, I've gotten word the team is likely to leave Chris Pronger (concussion-like symptoms) and Matt Walker (hip/back) on regular injury reserve for as long as possible. Since the salary cap is calculated based on days (99 this year) and not a full season or games, each day under the salary cap (and not in LTIR mode) would bank the Flyers more space. The Flyers would move either Walker or Pronger to LTIR if necessary to make a major transaction before the April 3 trade deadline.”
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